CM – Jürgen Klopp’s homage to the « true leader » Simon Kjaer

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Glenn Price

@ GlennPrice94

Jürgen Klopp used his column in today’s matchday program to pay tribute to the heroic actions of AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer during Euro 2020.

Kjaer and the Danish national team’s medical staff received the 2021 UEFA President’s Award after helping save the life of Christian Eriksen, who suffered cardiac arrest in the Danes’ game against Finland in June.

heroes. Simon Kjær and the medical team who saved Christian Eriksen’s life are the winners of the 2021 UEFA President’s Prize… https://t.co/8DVEXbbcBJ

In the column written before Liverpool won at Leeds United the Reds boss wrote: « I usually focus more on my own players than on an opponent, but tonight I have to make an exception.

 » Tonight it is possible that Simon Kjaer will play against us and this is a person who I believe has the respect of the entire football and sports world.

« You can see true leadership in a crisis. I think the world is recognizing this now more than ever in everything that goes around happens around us.

« Like millions of others, I was shocked by the scenes at the EM in the summer when Christian Eriksen fell ill during the opening game of the Danish group.

 » That night there were many heroes, not least the remarkable ones Doctors of the Danish national team, in the stadium and a Then in the hospital. But Simon shone for his own behavior on that traumatic day.

« The image of the Danish players protecting their teammates while he was being cared for will, in my opinion, forever remain one of the most iconic in sporting history. It showed the best of humanity. Compassion, care and love for their friend. « 

 » To be honest, I have no idea how he managed not only to maintain his composure in this situation, but also the clarity of the To have the spirit to make the decisions he made in that moment. His behavior humiliates us all.

« I’ve been told that Simon’s father is an LFC fan – and if that’s the case, he must be bursting with pride that his boy is now the epitome of our anthem ‘You’ ll Never Walk Alone ”.

 » I know our fans are knowledgeable and generous, so I’m sure Simon will feel the gratitude of the home crowd tonight, but for the over 90 minutes of the game he’s the opponent again.

« It’ll be so cool to hear the Champions League anthem just before kick-off and see the players before a full Anfield round. We missed fans every second of every game during the pandemic, but I have to admit it was the most. « Acute on European nights.

 » Let’s get all the noise, all the colors, all the positive energy and have all the passion and intensity that are our trademark. Let’s give this spotlight the stage it deserves. I honestly can’t wait. « 

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